Wednesday February 19, 2020

Theatre: Small-town Ireland collides with modern-day London

The jocular drunken patriotism of Murphy’s characters masks an underlying sadness

6th March, 2016
The cast of The Kings of The Kilburn High Road

In these plays, Ireland’s exiled young men are caught in a cycle of loss and longing. They are aliens in their adopted homes, but no longer at home in Ireland either.

In The Kings of The Kilburn High Road, Git (Malcolm Adams) expresses the conflict quite succinctly: “We left that kip and went to another one across the road.”

Murphy’s play is set in London in the early 2000s, but the...

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